Nigeria cannot afford another civil war despite the increasing agitation and security challenges, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo warned on Wednesday.
He urged the political elite to rise up in defence of national unity and speak up against calls for disintegration.
The Vice Presidentís position was supported by two major traditional rulers Ė the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Saíad Abubakar
The royal fathers cautioned against calls for secession by individuals and groups.
Also on Wednesday, former President Olusegun Obasanjo expressed optimism that the security challenge would end soon.
However, Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe said the Federal Government was pushing the country towards disintegration as a result of its ďnepotism and sectionalismĒ.
Osinbajo, who spoke during a meeting with All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants in Anambra State, said the silence of the elite on the spate of attacks in the Southeast and other parts of the country has grave implications.